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2.0le: Manchester United’s Needed Software Update

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Cutting an exhausted figure after Untied's 2-1 loss to Sevilla, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bookended the longest season in the club's history with a facile and tired sigh. Three semi-final appearances and a 3rd place league finish have, in all honesty, proved to be an overperformance from the Norwegian. From being

How Liverpool Moneyballed their way to the top

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Over the past decade, Liverpool FC's systematic resurgence from lurking in mid-table mediocrity to being Premier League Champions has been commendable. Having witnessed years of ebbs and flows, the euphoria surrounding the Scousers after clinching their first Premier League title is warrantable. The credit for the remodelling of the Merseyside

PSG vs Bayern – Champions League final tactical preview

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The Champions League final promises an end-to-end game between two of the most entertaining sides in the world. On the one hand, we have a five-time European champion, Bayern Munich, who have a 100% record in the competition. Regardless of the result in the final, fans will remember this Bayern

RB Leipzig vs Paris Saint-German – UCL Semifinal 1 Preview

RB Leipzig vs Paris Saint-German - UCL Semifinal 1 Preview

The first semifinal of the Champions League can be looked at from two perspectives. One from the purists' point of view, the other from the eyes of the power of money in football. In 2008, FC Augsburg second-team coach, Thomas Tuchel, asked an injury-prone defender, Julian Nagelsmann, to do some scouting

At a Crossroads – Where Does Maurizio Sarri Go From Here?

Maurizio Sarri has to be extra careful while choosing his next project

For two seasons in a row, Maurizio Sarri has been replaced by a managerial novice. First at Chelsea, where Sarri was forced out in favour of Frank Lampard, and now, following last week’s Champions League elimination to Lyon, Juventus took the bold decision to replace the Italian with Andrea Pirlo.  The

Wales. Golf. Sleep. Madrid. In that order?

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Gareth Bale was spotted pretending to sleep on the sidelines in a match against Deportivo Alavés. The infamous image has been doing the rounds on the internet with many fans questioning his commitment to the team. If a person from the future were to come and tell you that Madrid's

Analysing what the future could hold for the big three London clubs

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There is new hope, enthusiasm and anticipation about proceedings at Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues over-achieved in Frank Lampard's first season and their new signings make Chelsea hot property for next season. The Gunners believe that they have a tactical genius in Mikel Arteta, who has also impressed

A deterioration of a talented squad – AS Monaco

The institution that has supplied Manchester City with 2 of their starting players and the world with Kylian Mbappe - Monaco’s reputation had peaked by the end of 2017. The club had broken a 4-year stranglehold on Ligue 1, beating PSG to the title. They also reached the 2016/17 UEFA

PSG’s Academy puzzle

Recently, Bayern Munich secured a double transfer of Leroy Sane of Manchester City and Tanguy Kouassi of Paris Saint-Germain. While most of the headlines will rightly belong to the high profile transfer of Leroy Sane, Bayern's coup of the 17-year-old Frenchman from PSG has also raised some eyebrows at PSG's

Arthur at Barça: A Moment’s Beginning Ends in a Moment

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Sitting in the backseat of a car with an interviewer after signing for FC Barcelona, a starry-eyed Arthur Melo carries a beaming smile. Amid a long list of pre-prepared questions, came one that endeared the new boy to almost every cule around the world. The interviewer asks Arthur his biggest wish. He

Arsenal’s centre-back pairings over the years

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The Gunners are off to an abysmal start on their return to the Premier League. They were faced with arguably the toughest fixture of the first game week back, as they travelled to the Etihad to face an upbeat Manchester City side. Arsenal's questionable team selection, lack of fluidity and

Life after Leo

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Doomsday. The day it ends—the day when the little man hangs up his boots. The day no one wants to see. For the past decade and more, Lionel Messi has been on top alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as world football's best. For some, he has been their only hope at Barça.

It all started going very wrong for Arsenal five years ago

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Take a deep breath Arsenal fans; it's panning out just like it was supposed to. And it could get even worse. Any last hope of Champions League qualification for Arsenal was snuffed out by Neal Maupay's injury-time winner for Brighton and Hove Albion, as Mikel Arteta's side lost their second match

Embracing the ‘new normal’ will take time

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The lockdown, due to the pandemic, has brought about the true sentiment behind the well-known axiom, 'you don't know what you have until it's gone'. While people are subconsciously aware of life and its sudden and frail nature, the virus has seemingly brought these feelings of trepidation to reality. People from

Potential bargain of the summer – Malang Sarr

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A name that has glittered the articles and lists for the world’s next best players, 21-year-old Malang Sarr will leave the club he has been with since the age of 5 this Summer. OGC Nice are set to lose the centre-back who is valued by TransferMarkt at £14 million, for nothing. The

The race for Champions League Qualification spots in La Liga

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La Liga is well poised to resume action behind closed doors from the eleventh of June; with matches scheduled almost every day, the thirst of the fans for Spanish football will be quenched soon. Straying away from the usual template of the big three teams automatically qualifying for Champions League

The unfullfilled potential of Rodrigo Possebon

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By James Young | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on February 20, 2020 Manchester United’s Brazil-based scout, John Calvert-Toulmin is best known for bringing Fábio and Rafael da Silva to Old Trafford. The twins made a combined total of 131 appearances for United and have both gone on

Arturo Vidal – Powerhouse of the Catalan midfield

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FC Barcelona have been known for having a plethora of quality midfielders over the years. Having produced elite players like Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets etc, quality and strength in the centre has never been an issue for the azulgranas. But since the departure of Xavi and Iniesta in

Sarri’s last chance; The return of Serie A

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With the return of Serie A set for June 20th, we are set for perhaps one of Europe's tightest title races. Just a single point separates Simone Inzaghi's Lazio side from Maurizio Sarri's Juventus. With the Premier League, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1 sewn up, Europe's prying eyes will be drawn

No Tonic for Marseille’s ‘Chronic Instability’

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For a season that has seen Marseille return to form, seal a return to European competition, the club on the south of France have predictably turned wine into water, again. The club itself admitted to it, lamenting in an official statement "For the last 20 years, Marseille is a club that has suffered

Eden Hazard – The journey so far

These days the term 'generational' is bandied about a bit too often. There are several players, who with all due respect, on the basis of a few performances get anointed with this term when they are probably not exactly of that level. However, when it comes to Eden Hazard, there

The psychological challenges of recovering from long term injuries

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Sport is a canvas for mankind’s imagination. A most beautiful painting where we see mental thought and creativity combine with wonderful, mind-bending feats of physical prowess. Different sports provide different things for fans to enjoy. Yet football stirs up intense passions, often far more powerful and emotive than any other

Robert Lewandowski – On top of the world

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The Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo debate will go on for eternity, and rightly so, but one player who has refused to sit back and watch the duo battle it out in Europe is Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich man has adopted the title of the world’s greatest striker for

Lionel Messi – The Unconventional Leader

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Lionel Andrés Messi is a footballer whose career brings envy to whosoever hears his name. Who wouldn't want to have his ability to put defenders down, week in, week out, with just a drop of the shoulder? What striker wouldn't want to be so prolific that a season with less

Chelsea vs Bayern Munich Match Preview

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If there is one Champions league game other than the Dortmund vs PSG tie that promises goals and exciting football, then it's Bayern Munich vs Chelsea. Both clubs have a different coach from last season but the two clubs are in very opposite phases at the moment. Bayern are looking

Atlético Madrid vs Liverpool – Tactical Preview

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Liverpool, the soon-to-be Premier League champions will travel to face Atlético, on a ground where they became Champions of Europe in the summer of 2019. Among all the headline draws in the Champions League, this tie is not seen as attractive as the PSG vs Dortmund or Bayern Munich vs

Fede Valverde – The Engine

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There are many things that Madrid fans should be grateful to Santiago Solari for accomplishing during his time at the Bernabeu. His youth-oriented management resulted in him giving hot Castilla prospects such as Fran Garcia, Sergio Reguilón, Franchu Feuillaser, Javi Sánchez and many more including whom we consider as one

Julian Nagelsmann – The Managerial Wonderkid

As stated in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, Geology is mainly about pressure and time. Carbon crystallizes under intense heat and pressure over a period of time so a diamond is formed. Little grains of sand get into the oyster shells and due to, again, pressure and time, pearls are formed at

Marco Rose – A world-beater in the making

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The Bundesliga has been a hotbed of innovation in football for a long time. Be it the youth setup, tactics or sports technology, German clubs leave no stone unturned in pursuit of excellence. The famous mantra ‘Football as it’s meant to be’ is definitely put into practice by clubs in

Mason Mount – Finding his feet in the big league

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The appointment of Frank Lampard in the summer did not only bring Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer back to the Bridge but also Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount to their parent club - both of whom were regular starters for Derby County in the Championship under Lampard. The addition of Mount

Rodrygo Goes – Building an era

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Written by Enzo Karema 18 years old and putting defenders down with his vertiginous skills on the ball. Watch him glide, running on the right-wing and cutting in from the left. Ah, a pure masterpiece. Proving his potential to all the doubters, and broadly making his name into the footballing world.

Scott McTominay – Here to stay

When Barcelona visited Old Trafford to compete for a place in the Champions League semi-final on the 10th of April, all the headlines before the match were dominated by the stars headlining the clash. Every paper in town was talking about the superstars, the Paul Pogbas, the David de Geas,

The Northern Rivalry: Manchester City vs Liverpool

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Photo by Jack Hunter // CC0 1.0 The North West cities of England punch above their weight when it comes to football. The teams of Liverpool and Manchester have a success rate better than that of rivals in London, despite the capital city being significantly bigger. These northern teams have gone through different phases over

Michael Zorc – BVB through thick and thin

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The name Michael Zorc, to the majority of young football enthusiasts, might be synonymous with the best Sporting Director in world football. Zorc has been the Director of Football at Borussia Dortmund from well before the Jürgen Klopp era. He was instrumental in bringing the likes of Ousmane Dembélé, Shinji

Carles Puyol – Més Que un Capitan

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Let's turn the clock back for a bit. It's the last day of January in 2013, as light snow and cold wind cloak the streets of Madrid. Santiago Bernabeu is ready to host the first of two legs of the Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals as they welcome their abhorred rivals

Sergio Ramos- The unparalleled legacy of the Dark Knight.

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Manuel Neuer was standing tall, with his feet firmly planted to the ground. Los Blancos were facing the Bavarians in their quest for 10th European glory in the semi-finals and both teams were inseparable after 210 minutes of football. Following the penalty misses of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, Sergio Ramos

Philipp Lahm – The Magic Dwarf who became a football giant

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How does one define leadership? One technical definition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is 'A person who leads'. Elsewhere it says that a leader is one who commands and influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal. I could go on but you get the gist. However,

John Terry – Captain, Leader, Legend!

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The commander in chief of Chelsea’s defence, who rallied his troops to every battle is the epitome of leadership. He played every minute wearing his heart on his sleeve and was a living example of the idea that the name in front of the shirt is always bigger than the

Paolo Maldini – Il Capitano

“My grandfather is Milan, my father is Milan, I’m Milan and my son is Milan. Forget it”.  And that was that. The mere suggestion that his son could one day ply his trade somewhere other than Milan was so scandalous, that even Sir Alex Ferguson could not escape Cesare Maldini’s disdain.

Francesco Totti – A Timeless Romance in Rome

Rome: a city of wonder and lore. This was the axis of civilization at a time of might and myth. This was the city where Caesar the monarch witnessed feats of glory at the Colosseum. The city where Michelangelo would weave so much of his wizardry. Many famous church shrines

Roy Keane – Irate, Insane, irreplaceable

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"Pass the fu*king ball forward, take risks, you're not at Leeds or West Ham now, you're at Manchester United!'  As Rio Ferdinand recalls the antics of his captain in his first training session there is less an air of fear and trepidation, and more a collective sense of respect. Whether he

Do teams still fear playing at the Bernabeu?

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Written by Enzo Karema The fortress which is home to 13 Champions League titles, 33 La Liga titles and several other titles won by the club used to frighten anyone who would come to play there to face Madrid. Whilst there have been a few underdogs coming and winning at the

As easy as ABC; flying the European flag for Italy

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Football is back, and more importantly, so is the Champions League. Liverpool’s loss at Napoli and Chelsea’s Valencia setback have already given the English sides plenty to think about, with the likes of PSG hosting Real Madrid and Juventus travelling to Atletico sure to provide yet another warm welcome back

Five Champions League dark horses for 2019/20

(Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP/ Getty Images)  With the Champions League getting underway once again this month, many of Europe’s clubs will be hoping to make their mark on the continent’s premier club competition. English champions Manchester City are the favourites to lift the trophy along with a host of

Who is Liverpool’s best player at the moment?

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Liverpool have had a good start to the Premier League season. The only team within English football with a perfect record four games in, they sit 2 points clear of the favourites Manchester City. Resuming their stellar runs from the back end of last season, these two sides are far

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